Replacing Qnap TVS-673

  • I am not so satisfied with QNAP amymore and started to look around me.
    And I wonder what road to take.


    I am not new to pc building (+/- 30 years experience).
    But my Linux experience is about 0 ;-)


    I want a powerfull NAS that does not consume to much power. I know it is Contradictio in terminis, but you get what I mean.


    You have 2 main streams. Intel or AMD.
    2 sub streams each. Regular PC CPU or the more advanced like Intel Skylake X or Threadripper.


    Which of the 2 CPU builders gives the least issues? INTEL or AMD? And eventually why?
    NExt question is, regular cpu or the upgraded Workstation cpu?


    What is the build for?
    File server
    Plex/Emby
    Virtual machines (2-3 and running slowly).


    I hope somebody can point me into the right direction.
    Thanks ahead.


    RobB

  • There is one other branch: Arm based boards (You did mention low power.) But with Plex comes transcoding which requires muscle. It can be done low-power by transcoding off server. It depends on what you want to do with Plex.


    This link may be of some help.


    Page 11 of the PDF user’s guide “Getting Started” reads:

    “Plex, a popular media server, recommends at least 2000 on the CPU's PassMark score for each concurrent 1080p transcoded stream. (See the advice article here)
    If NAS administrators have a lot of smart phone users, in their homes or businesses, who will be watching transcoded video on the small screen, CPU loading may bear some thought.
    Look up your CPU here. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php”

    Rsync makes true backup and restoration stupid easy, and it's built right in to OMV. Use this command in a Scheduled Job: rsync -av --delete /srv/dev-disk-by-label-NAMEofSOURCEdisk/ /srv/dev-disk-by-label-NAMEofDESTINATIONdisk/
    OMV Version: Ver. 5 (current) - Hardware: NanoPi M4, running Nextcloud, Plex, & Heimdall - Acer Aspire T180, running backup - Odroid XU4, running Pi-Hole (DietPi) - Testing/Playing: Odroid HC2, Odroid XU4, Raspberry Pi 3B+, Odroid XU4, and HP dx2400.

  • Thank for your kind answer.
    The cpu in my present QNAP is allready 4000+ passmarks, and is falling short.
    So I need something in the i5/i7/r5/r7 area. At least.
    I meant I need something powerfull, but then not to. Lets say with 6 disks up to 100 watt/hour doing some stuff.
    I think idle is not really possible when you have Raid.


    That is where I asked, should I start with AMD or Intel, to have the least issues?


    RobB

  • Maybe someone else will weigh in. That’s out of my league. My servers are mostly Arm boards with the exception of one old hp desktop with a 2.5 GHz dual core Pentium. Hardly a power horse. It uses too much power to be “just a server” but not enough to be a Plex beast. I do all my transcoding with Handbrake on an i7 Hackintosh.


    Good luck.

    Rsync makes true backup and restoration stupid easy, and it's built right in to OMV. Use this command in a Scheduled Job: rsync -av --delete /srv/dev-disk-by-label-NAMEofSOURCEdisk/ /srv/dev-disk-by-label-NAMEofDESTINATIONdisk/
    OMV Version: Ver. 5 (current) - Hardware: NanoPi M4, running Nextcloud, Plex, & Heimdall - Acer Aspire T180, running backup - Odroid XU4, running Pi-Hole (DietPi) - Testing/Playing: Odroid HC2, Odroid XU4, Raspberry Pi 3B+, Odroid XU4, and HP dx2400.

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